Happy Monday, Fancy Oatmeal readers! It’s the start of a new week, and despite sleeping horribly last night, I am ready to dive right back into the normal routine.
This morning’s run was a little different because I began a new book: Delirium by Lauren Oliver.
It’s another Dystopian novel; I feel at home again after finishing the third book in the “Hush, Hush” series by Becca Fitzgerald (review to come on “What I’m Reading” Thursday) It occurred to me that I have been sharing my love of Dystopian Young Adult Literature,
but have never really explained what it is. According to ReadWriteThink.org:
Dystopias: Definition and Characteristics
Utopia: A place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions.
Dystopia: A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system.
Characteristics of a Dystopian Society
- Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.
- Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.
- A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society.
- Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.
- Citizens have a fear of the outside world.
- Citizens live in a dehumanized state.
- The natural world is banished and distrusted.
- Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad.
- The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world.
If this sounds like the type of novel you’d be interested in, here is a GREAT resource for classic Dystopian novels, or HERE for Young Adult Dystopian novels.
Now that I have done my Literary duty for the day, I wish you the best!